Gary Vance is one of 3 percent of US architects elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. He is a graduate of Ball State University and can now add an author to his list of achievements with his book series “Kid Architect”.
Writing a children’s book about architecture was a career bucket list for Vance. Developing her Kid Architect book series was a family project involving all of his US children and their spouses.
His daughter-in-law is in charge of graphic design. His daughter, who is a teacher, leads our content development and manages her social media. His son developed and directs website development. His son-in-law is your “help desk” person. Most recently, his wife manages all business aspects of the Kid Architect book series.
The book concept is to create “Kid Architect” who goes to cities, states and universities to explore, learn, and introduce design and architecture to children. This includes the landscapes, buildings, and public art found in our cities, universities, and states.
Kid Architect is not a character or picture in the book, so the reader or person who is read aloud sees themselves as the Kid Architect. By nature, “Kid Architect” is not a boy or a girl. no race, color, or creed; and no ethnicity or nationality. In addition, we strive to reach minorities and disadvantaged people throughout the book with content and images.
The book is aimed at people between the ages of 5 and 95. Architecture and design are a fun and interesting topic for people and love to see and talk about it!
Representative STEAM worksheets are included in the book, and STEAM worksheets for all buildings and public art can be downloaded for free from the website.
This is a book series, and Kid Architect may go anywhere in the state or the US in future books to share the goals of educating young people in architecture and design.
AIA needs to reach their next generation of architects at a younger age and develop their interest throughout their K-12 education. This is one of many methods.
For more information, visit the Kid Architect book website, which has STEAM downloadable pages of all buildings and public art.
You can also find more information about the book on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.